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Adriano R. Carantes, J
Vice-Mayor
Municipality of Itogon, Benguet

Adriano R. Carantes, Jr. was born on November 11, 1954 in Itogon, Benguet. He was married to Susan Lictag Cariño, a teacher. They were blessed with 4 children.

His political journey as a Sangguniang Bayan Member started from July 31, 2001 to June 30, 2004. He tried again for another term, but he was not able to make it for a second term. In his spare time he plays basketball, jog or walk for he maintains a healthy lifestyle.

On January 1, 2007, his riposte to the legislature which ended up as a 3-termer until June 30, 2013. After his term as an SB member, he ran as Vice-Mayor of the Municipality and it was successful.  At present , he is in his second term.

 


 

Elchor P. Caralian
Municipal Vice Mayor
Municipality of Gumaca

ELCHOR P. CARALIAN is a physician and currently the Municipal Vice Mayor of Gumaca, Quezon since 2016. He was born in Gumaca, Quezon in January 06, 1970. He is the son of former Mayor of Gumaca, Rodolfo B. Caralian (+) and Angelita P. Caralian. He is married to Agnes Z. Caralian and has 2 children named Elijah Angelo and Elinah Angeli.

He entered Trinity University of Asia and took Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology.  He acquired his degree in Doctor of Medicine at Manila Central University FDMTF in 1995 and made his post grad internship at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Quezon City in 2007. He is a certified family physician in 1999 to 2003 in Philippine Academy of Family Physician-Continuing Medical Education Pathway.  He attained his Master in Public Administration in 2007 at Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation, Lucena City.

He received several military awards, 5 Military Merit Medals, 10 Military Commendation Medals, 10 Military Civic Action Medals, 2 Sagisag ng Ulirang Kawal, 2 Kapanalig ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas, 1 Lapu Lapu Kapatagan Badge, 1 Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Ribbon and 1 Presidential Citation Unit. He also received civilian awards as Most Outstanding Member Reserve Officer Legion of the Phils. (ROLP) 2015, One of the Most Outstanding in Public Service, Leadership Award-Rotary club International and Sentro Sigla Award-RHU Gumaca.

In 1998, he was assigned as the Municipal Health Officer of Gumaca until 2004. His government positions include Municipal Vice Mayor from 2004 to 2007 and Municipal Councilor from 2010 to 2016. At present, he is also a visiting physician of Caralian Medical Clinic Animal Bite Center, MMG Hospital, Lucena United Doctors Hospital, Peter Paul Medical Center, Tayabas Community Hospital. A school physician of Eastern Quezon College and Holy Child Jesus College and a civilian doctor of 85th IB Phil Army in Gumaca.

As an active physician and Medical Corps Reserve Officer, he is also an instructor and educator by heart, a public servant with complete dedication to the people and is involved in a lot of community programs and medical missions.

 


 

Emelita L. Villanueva
Director
Quezon City Public Library

Ms. Emelita L. Villanueva is an aggressive and energetic librarian. An instrument to the transformation and modernization of the Quezon City Public Library (QCPL). She’s a graduate of the University of the East Manila with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education major in Library Science (1982) and took her graduate studies master’s in management at Trinity College of Quezon City (2002). Aside from QCPL where she’s a librarian, she also worked as Investment Development Analyst and Investment Specialist I at the Board of Investment (BOI) in Makati City from 1987 to 1994. But after which she felt her heart belongs to QCPL, as she decided to come back in March 1994 to effect the changes she had acquired working in a private company.

 For what is QCPL now is because of this young, energetic and aggressive librarian, but, of course with the help of her competent, able, and qualified staff.

 


 

Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza
Governor
Province of Cotabato

Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza was born on February 25, 1972 in Makilala, Cotabato and eldest child of the Carmen Mayor Rogelio T. Taliño and former Mayor Noemi J. Taliño.
She is married to Rep. Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza of the TUCP Party List and mother to Ma. Alana Samantha and Emilio Ramon.

Having grown up in Kidapawan City, she studied at the Notre Dame of Kidapawan for Girls from 1978 up to 1989 for her elementary and secondary education.

She earned her undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the Ateneo de Davao University. She took up Bachelor of Laws thereafter.

Prior to her election to Congress, she was elected Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairperson of Barangay Poblacion, Carmen, Cotabato at the age of 20 years old.

She eventually became the SK Provincial Federation President of Cotabato Province for the period 1993-1996 and, as such, became an ex-oficio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Cotabato.

In 1998, she became a Senior Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan First District) of the Province of Cotabato. She authored the Gender Code of Cotabato Province.

She became a member of the House of Representatives representing the 1st Legislative District of the Province of Cotabato in 2001.

Mendoza became the district representative of the Province of Cotabato to the House of Representatives. She was re-elected to the same position in the May 2004 and May 2007 elections.

In the 14th Congress, she was a member of the Commission on Appointments, Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Legislative Franchises and also a member of the following House Committees: Dangerous Drugs, Inter-Parliamentary Relations & Diplomacy, Labor & Employment, National Defense & Security, Mindanao Affairs, Ways & Means, Women & Gender Equality.

She is an alumna to the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on “American Foreign Policy: Trends of the New Administration” on September 14 – October 2, 2009 by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

 


Francis Anthony S. Garcia
City Mayor
City Library of Balanga

Francis graduated 4th in his class at the Philippine Science High School in March 1992, and obtained his degree in Bachelor of Science in Engineering Major in Computer Science in May 1996 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

He did an Internship at Andersen Consulting (1994) in Manila where he worked for one of its biggest clients. After graduating from college, he joined Delta Technology (1996) in Atlanta, Georgia – a company that provides travel technology solutions for the air travel industry; and Qualcomm Incorporated (1997 – 2003) in San Diego, California.

He was a Special Adviser to Hon. Enrique T. Garcia, Jr., Representative, 2nd District of Bataan; Hon. Albert S. Garcia, Governor, Province of Bataan and Hon. Jose Enrique S. Garcia III, City Mayor, City of Balanga from July 2004 to June 2016.

Concurrent to his work as Special Adviser, he also served as Director of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) from 2010 to 2015 where he used his expertise to enhance the image of SBMA as a haven for industrial development leading to greater employment opportunities for Bataeños. During his tenure on the Board, SBMA achieved a major financial turnaround, transforming from a money losing agency into one earning more than one billion pesos yearly through the leadership of SBMA Chairman and Administrator Roberto V. Garcia.

He was also appointed as Adviser of Balanga City’s Barangay Mentors’ Society in 2015.

In May 2016, he was voted into office as Mayor. He ran unopposed.

With an aim to enhance his education and health related programs for all sectors of society, Mayor Francis immediately set his brainchild into motion: the Barangay Learning Hub and School Learning Hub. With the help of the Balanga City Council, he has also established the City Health Promotion Board and sustained the City’s Anti-­‐Tobacco Campaign.

He was also elected and now functions as Secretary-­‐General of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), an association of all chartered cities in the country.

Francis was born on October 5, 1974. He is married to Raquel Francis Domingo Garcia.

 


 

Hermenegildo A. Gualberto
City Mayor    
San Fernando City Public Library

Servant leader best defines his brand of leadership, Hermenegildo Andaya Gualberto, or Manong Dong to many, was exposed to the harsh living conditions of marginalized communities after becoming one of the most sought-after “Ninong” to weddings, baptisms and other family celebrations. People appreciated his presence as genuine and sweeping. No wonder that this humble man from Barangay II Rose as an icon of hope for the City of San Fernando.

A native of San Fernando, his foundation in public service was fostered by his parents Atty. Miguel Gualberto and Pacita Andaya-Gualberto, a public school teacher. He finished his elementary studies at Christ the King College and secondary studies at Saint Louis College. He earned his college degree from Colegio de San Juan de Letran where he finished Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accountancy.

Manong Dong became one of the finest young legislators in the Ilocandia region having served as a San Fernando City Councilor and Vice Mayor and a La Union Board Member, for more than 20 years. But through it all, his unwavering commitment to serve God and the people of San Fernando has been his moral anchor; thus his slogan: “Maka-Diyos, Maka-Tao, Maka-Deliver!”

A man of character, compassion and commitment, he sits as the newly elected mayor of the City of San Fernando and he is committed to bring equitable growth to the people.

 


 

Ismaelinda S. Cabana
Provincial Librarian
Quezon Provincial Library

Ismaelinda S. Cabana is the Provincial Librarian of Quezon Provincial Library since 2001 to present. Smile as fondly called by her friends and colleagues is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Education at Centro Escolar University. She finished her Master in Public Administration in 2007 at Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation. She is a teacher at Quezon National High School for many years before she practiced librarianship. Under her tutelage Quezon Provincial Library won several awards as First Place on 2012 Search for Outstanding Provincial Library of the Philippines and 2016 Search for Outstanding Public Libraries with Special Programs on Culture and the Arts.  She is an Adviser of the Librarians Association of Quezon Province-Lucena, Inc. (LAQueP-LInc) and became a Secretary of PLAI-Southern Tagalog Region Librarians Councial Board of Directors in 2004-2005.

 


 

Jaime R. Fresnido
City Mayor
Muntinlupa City

A man full of vision and hunger for excellence – that’s how his colleagues, perhaps the whole city, know who Mayor Jaime R. Fresnedi is.

Born and raised n Muntinlupa, he has been working hard all his life since he was a little boy. In his humble beginnings, he would sell pandesal of her aunt’s bakery in Poblacion and has become a meat vendor helping her mother in the market.

He finished his Political Science course at the Lyceum of the Philippines, later took Bachelor of Laws and eventually passed the Bar.

After the historic People Power Revolution in 1986, Mayor Fresnedi was appointed as municipal attorney and later became OIC-vice mayor. Then he ran and won as vice mayor in 1998, his first term.

In the following decade, he won and served as the city mayor. Come 2013, the visionary mayor ran again to carry on his Eight Point Program of Governance until present: Education, Health, Peace and Order, Socialized Housing, Livelihood and Employment, Environment, Economic Development, and Good Governance.

All his work is guided in the principle of moving Muntinlupa forward, envisioning the city to be one of the leading investment hubs in the country.

He does it by equipping the government workforce with young breed of locals hungry to change and serve Muntinlupa – their home.

With the vision of an exponential growth, the local exec also paves the way of development in the international community through sister-city agreements with Takasaki, Japan, Luizhou, China, Staffanstorp, Sweden, among others.

When local governments are perceived to be ineffective, Mayor Fresnedi wants to prove otherwise.

Attested by local ad international award-giving bodies, some of the awards cited in the city under his administration include: ISO 9001:2008 certified in Quality Management System, Seal of Good Local Governance from DILG, Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance, Most Business Friendly LGU from PCCI, Kampyeon ng Wika Award from KWF, Jose Rizal and Bonifacio Award from DOH, Runner-up in the 1st International Best Practice Competition, Gawad Galing Pook Trailblazing Program on Drugs, among others.

For him, these accomplishments started with a vision as he believes in the Scripture that says “without a vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18)

Now a grandfather to his grandson Neo Raffa, all Lolo Jimmy wants is to build a better Muntinlupa fro Neo and for the many generations of Muntinlupeño to come.    

 


Julio F Parayno, III    
City Vice Mayor    
Urdaneta City

Julio “Rammy” F. Parayno, III married to City Medical Ofcer,  ra. Rachel Ann A. Parayno, M. ., MPH. Son of the late Vice Mayor Julio “Julie”Parayno, Sr. and Corazon Fernandez Parayno. E UCATIONAL BACKGROUN : (1.) Bachelor of Arts Major in Politcal Science, (2.) Master in  evelo ment Management Major in Public Administraton (3.) Bachelor of Laws. WORK EXPERIENCES: (1.) City Market Su ervisor, (2.) Chief, Business Permits and Licensing Ofce (BPLO), (3.) Vault Custodian and Legal Researcher of Far East Bank (4.) Assistant City Assessor and currently elected as Vice Mayor of City Urdaneta. CAREER CRE ENTIALS:  (1.) Modifed Walk-in Examinaton (MoWE) for Career Civil Service Professional Eligibility, (2.) Regular Examinaton for Career Civil Service Professional Eligibility.

 


 

Maria Isabelle “Beng” Garcia Climaco-Salazar
City Mayor
City of Zamboanga

She is the 2nd Lady Mayor of the City of Zamboanga when on May 13, 2013 and May 2016; the people gave her the biggest mandate ever to serve as their Chief Executive. Security, Health and Education has been her utmost priorities and leads in a constituency-responsive governance platform.

She served the City in 1998 as a City Councilor, elected Vice Mayor in 2004 and as member of the House of Representatives in 2007 where she championed R.A.9710. The Magna Carta of Women. She served as the youngest and only female Deputy Speaker from Mindanao during the 15th Congress.

As a licensed teacher and guidance counselor, she listens to the diverse voices and considers children as her biggest and most important constituents.

The 2013 Zamboanga crises was one of, if not the, biggest challenge posed to her leadership. The experiences in the Zamboanga siege have shown that despite diversities-Muslims, Christians and Lumads- she successfully led the people to remain united in the cause of upholding one flag, one nation and one Zamboanga.

As a mother to the City, she encourages everyone to help make our children’s future a reality today. Maria Isabelle “Beng” Garcia Climaco-Salazar, El Alcadeza de Cuidad de Zamboanga.

 


 

May Arlene DG. Torres
Provincial Government of Bulacan

May Arlene DG. Torres graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts Major in History as cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2001. The Provincial Government of Bulacan granted her scholarship for a short course on Project Planning, Development and Management at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in 2005. She finished her Masters Degree in Management Major in Public Administration at the Philippine Christian University in 2008.

Mrs. Torres facilitated various leadership, team building, assessment and planning workshops. She developed the module of career guidance seminar in Bulacan, which was adopted and recognized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). For almost fourteen (14) years of service in the Provincial Government, her career is focused on technical functions like preparation of concept papers, proposals and reports, facilitation of seminars and workshops, module development, monitoring and evaluation of projects. She was the head of the Technical Division of the Provincial Youth, Sports, Employment, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (PYSEACTO) as Project Development Officer IV.

She was redirected to her chosen field when the Provincial History, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (PHACTO) was created in 2015. For more than three (3) years now, she leads in the implementation of history and heritage programs of the Provincial Government of Bulacan as the head of the History and Heritage Division. Its main functions include commemoration of heroes, personages and events; management of the library and museum; research and publication. Among her efforts to produce reference materials for students and researchers include the following: Isang Maikling Talambuhay ni Heneral Isidoro Torres (1866-1928), THE WOMEN OF MALOLOS, MGA NAGING HINTUAN NI MARIANO PONCE SA KANYANG PAGLALAKBAY

She is currently working on the SINELIKSIK Bulacan Coffee Table Book, which will feature the local history of 10 participating teams in the DocuFest 2017. It is expected to be launched on August 2018. She looks forward to having 1 volume published and distributed every year.   

The enrichment of the Bulacañana Collection of the Bulacan Provincial Library as well as its promotion was a joint effort of the History and Heritage Division which she heads and manages by the Provincial Librarian, Mr. Marlon A. Hipolito. Through this program, the Bulacan Provincial Library was recognized by the National Library of the Philippines, NCCA-National Committee on Library and Information Services, and Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. when it bagged the 1st Place in the 2018 Search for Outstanding Public Libraries with Special Program for the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage.


 

Nonato S. Abrenica
Municipal Mayor
Municipality of Villasis

Mayor Nonato Sison Abrenica, also called Nato, is a Certified Public Accountant by profession. He worked at SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. and with other private companies before he entered politics. He started his journey in politics as Punong Barangay in 1995 and was elected as President of the Association of Barangay Captains. He ran for the position of Mayor in 1998 but the luck was not with him. He ran again for the same position in 2001 and he victoriously won against his opponents with a landslide number of votes. He completed his three terms with visible transformations in Villasis. For that, he was called the Architect and Transformer of Villasis. Referred also as a “Man of Action”, during his administration he elevated Villasis from a dull third class municipality to a booming first class municipality. He was again re-elected as Mayor in the 2016 national elections. He continues to implement various projects. He also supports all the programs and activities of the municipal library. Aside from the yearly allocated budget of the library, he also approves all productive activity proposals as well as all the needed budget. Mayor Nato has a soft heart for children, thus, always saying that children should always be protected, loved and educated.


Oscar S. Moreno
City Mayor   
Cagayan De Oro City

 

 


 

 

Raul Marlo V. Dancel    
Executive Assistant II    
Dingras Municipal Library

 


Rexlon T. Gatchalian    
City Mayor
Valenzuela City

Mayor REX is now serving his second term as the 26th Chief Executive of Valenzuela City after an overwhelming 125,481-vote advantage over his rival during the May 2016 national and local elections.  He is determined to strengthen the availability of social and healthcare services for Valenzuelanos in all stages of life, from birth to old age.
His public service platform, better known as the “Five Pillars of Good Governance,” focuses on the essential needs of the constituents: (1) Education, (2) Health and Social Welfare Services, (3) Housing, (4) Economic Development, and (5) Liveability.

His inclination to create chains of infrastructure made him Valenzuela City’s fastest-achieving chief executive to build the most number of landmark government edifices.  Among those he concretized are the Valenzuela City People’s Park, the Department of Health and World Health Organization-standard Barangay Health Stations (BHS) and the 3S Centers or Sentro ng Sama-Samang Serbisyo.  These “Satellite City Halls”, depending on the need of the community, house the fundamental satellite offices of the local government, such as, the barangay health stations, police and fire substations, local civil registry offices, social welfare offices and Serbisyo Centers – satellite offices for the payment of business permits, and real property and other government taxes.  They also have activity centers, day care centers, barangay halls, pocket parks and urban farms.

Built simultaneously are the new Valenzuela City Central Fire Station and the state-of-the-art Disaster Preparedness Building located at the central disaster preparedness hub -- the ALERT Center or Allied Local Evacuation and Emergency Response Teams Center.

The Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science and the Valenzuela City Special Education Center were also put into reality, together with close to 600 other classrooms, to complete the delivery of holistic and student-centric education system through the Education 360-Degrees Investment Program.

He also set up the modern new campus of the city’s local university, the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela, which is equipped with high-end engineering and science laboratories, and advance technological features, such as the RFID-enabled students identification cards, called the “PLV World” cards.

Under his leadership, Valenzuela City earned several awards and recognitions for his innovations in good governance. These are the affirmation of the city’s economic accountability, disaster preparedness, outstanding employment and micro-entrepreneurship development programs, timely health and social protection policies, sound implementation of peace and order advocacies, and commitment in making Valenzuela City a truly liveable city.

These more than 50 recognitions since he took the helm as chief executive include: Hall of Fame award as Most Business Friendly Highly Urbanized City in the country, two Galing Pook awards for innovation and excellence in local governance, among the top LGUs in the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, the Seal of Good Local Governance 2015, the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance, Age-Friendly City Award, Excellence in Kalusugang Pangkalahatan award, LGU Eco-Champion 2016, Gawad Kalasag Award for Government Emergency Management System for the years 2016 and 2017, Synergeia’s Seal of Good Education Governance 2017, two Development Academy of the Philippines’ Government Best Practices Recognition 2017, and 2017 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation - 30 Deserving Cities, to name a few.


 

ROBERTO M. MADLA, CE
MUNICIPAL MAYOR
Municipality of Boac, Marinduque

HONORABLE MAYOR ROBERTO M. MADLA is the Local Chief Executive of Boac, Marinduque. Prior to being the Municipal Mayor today, Mayor Madla initially served his constituients on the same position in 1994-2005. He spent his early career years working with the Department of Public Works and Highways in the Engineering Districts of Palawan and Marinduque. During his term as Municipal Mayor of Boac, Marinduque, he has received various awards and recognitions for leading various initiatives including “Parangal para sa Marangal – No Jueteng Operation, Kilos Laya Laban sa Droga Campaign (For a Drug-Free Philippines) and 2002 Local Government Leadership Award as Outstanding Municipal Mayor (given by DILG).

 


 

Rosauro B. Michael    
Rizal Provincial Library

Ros is a full blooded Rizaleño, born 11 th day of July in Pasig, Rizal. He took up his Architectural studies in the University of Santo Tomas. Before he joined the government service sector, he worked as logistics manager of a prestigious electronics corporation, where he learned the “science” of collaboration and innovation.

He joined the government ranks on 2002 and worked with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan-Secretariat, assigned to do Legislative works.

On 2016, after the national elections, he was detailed at the Rizal Provincial Library to assist in the rehabilitation and modernization of the Rizal Provincial Library (RPL).

As RPL Library staff, he collaborated and started benchmarking with other Public Libraries.

Born a natural artist, he visualized and designed the RPL eLib Logo, approved by the Rizal Governor, Rebecca A. Ynares and duly approved and enacted by the Sangguniang Panlalawiganng Rizal thru Resolution No.173, series of 2017.

In collaboration with the National Library of the Philippines, he conceptualized and designed the Rizal 5K (5 Pillars) Logo, and won 2 nd place in the poster design contest of the 2018 National Conference of Librarians held in Quezon City on March 13-16, 2018, Themed: LIMANG K PARA MAGING OK SA AKLATAN.

He was also instrumental in the adoption of SP Resolution No. 51, series of 2018 pursuant to proclamation No. 563 series 1959, a resolution adopting 9 March of every year as Public Library Day in the Province of Rizal.

 

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